By Dana Goldman, Vice Mayor
(Sunday, April 29, 2018) – Florida’s landmark Condominium Reform Act of 2017 just received a few new upgrades by the recent passage of a new law formerly known as House Bill 841. It will take effect on July 1, 2018. Your condominium association must now retain additional records from its inception. A condominium with 150 or more units as of January 1, 2019, must post on its website, among other items, its monthly income and expense statements and a list of bids received within the past year. The new law also cures a “glitch” in the 2017 law with broader term limit provisions. Directors can no longer serve more than eight consecutive years. The new law applies equally to Directors who are elected for one-year terms and for longer ones, and features stronger opt-out procedures. I am proud to have taken part in that conversation, having strongly advocated for even-handed term limits with our State legislators in Tallahassee earlier this year.
Also noteworthy, Condominium Associations cannot prohibit a unit owner from installing an electric vehicle charging station within his or her limited common element parking space. The unit owner must pay all costs for the electric charging station, including installation, maintenance, repair, operation, hazard and liability insurance, and city required permits. With our ever-growing demand for clean energy solutions, the City is researching additional accommodations in both the public and private settings. More on that subject to follow shortly!